China continues its military maneuvers around Taiwan

China continues its  military maneuvers around Taïwan

A Taiwanese Defense aircraft flies over the airspace of the island following military maneuvers by China.

Taiwan has blasted the “irresponsible behavior of an autocratic regime”, with China continuing to retaliate after US No. 3 Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei.

Relations between the United States and China deteriorated following the visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which was considered a provocation by Beijing, the United States having pledged not to not have official relations with the island territory claimed by China.

In response, the Chinese military conducts its largest ever maneuvers around Taiwan. They are to last until Sunday noon and are presented as training for a blockade of the island.

Taiwanese authorities have recorded until Saturday 17 pm (0900 GMT) 20 Communist aircraft and 14 ships conducting joint air-sea exercises around Taiwan, according to the Defense Ministry.

At least 14 of them they crossed the center line, he added, forcing Taipei to urgently take off patrol planes to repel the fighters.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said it believes the drills are seen as a mock attack on the mainland of Taiwan.

Plotted unilaterally by the United States United during the Cold War, the median line, in the middle of the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from mainland China, has never been recognized by Beijing.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Manila on Saturday that the United States was determined to act responsibly to avert a crisis after the Chinese response was grossly disproportionate, he said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Archives)

China announced Friday the suspension not only of judicial and anti-drug cooperation with the United States but also of the bilateral dialogue on climate change, among other areas.

These two countries are largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world in absolute terms.

China should not hijack discussions on issues such as climate change, as this punishes not the United States but the whole world, Mr. Blinken said.

The Chinese army on Saturday published a photo it said it took from one of its military ships in the immediate vicinity of the coast of Taiwan, on which we see a Taiwanese navy building only a few hundred meters away.

< p class="e-p">This shot may be the closest to the Taiwanese coastline ever taken by mainland Chinese forces.

The Chinese military has also released video of one of its fighter pilots showing the coastline and mountains of Taiwan from his cockpit in mid-flight.

On Thursday, Beijing fired a dozen ballistic missiles and deployed its air force and navy around Taiwan.

These exercises are a warning sent to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who comes from an independence party, and to the United States, accused by Beijing of having betrayed their word by strengthening their relations with the Taiwanese authorities these days. years.

China has also announced new live-fire maneuvers from Saturday until August 15 in a small maritime area very close to the Chinese port of Lianyungang, on the edge of the Yellow Sea, which separates China from the Korean peninsula.

According to China's state-run CCTV, missiles flew over Taiwan this week during exercises around the island, which would be a first.

The Mainland Affairs Council, the #x27;organization which, in Taipei, manages relations with mainland China, denounced on Saturday the brutal and deplorable actions of Beijing.

< p>“We call on all of our democratic partners around the world to continue to support Taiwan and to counter the irresponsible behavior of an autocratic regime that undermines peace with its military adventurism.

— The Mainland Affairs Council

Taiwanese Foreign Ministry on Saturday called on Beijing to immediately stop escalating tensions and carrying out provocative actions intended to intimidate the people of Taiwan.

After criticism from the G7 and the United States, Antony Blinken and his Japanese and Australian counterparts issued a joint statement calling on China to halt its military exercises.

Beijing's decision to Suspending the climate dialogue with Washington is also a cause for concern.

It is impossible to tackle the climate emergency if the two main economies and the two biggest emitters [of greenhouse gases] do not act, lamented Alden Meyer, analyst at the center E3G think tank, specializing in climate change.

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has ruled that it is impossible to solve the world's most pressing problems without effective dialogue and cooperation between the two countries, according to its spokesman.

The deterioration of Beijing-Washington relations could be long-lasting , also note experts.

They are currently in a very bad state, Bonnie Glaser, China specialist at the German Marshall Fund research center told AFP. of the United States, in Washington.

She cited as particularly disturbing the suspension of a cooperation agreements, for example that on maritime military cooperation, precisely intended to preserve escalation.

Most analysts, however, agree that Beijing does not do not want an armed confrontation at this time.

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